Genographic Someone butchered a rhinoceros in the Philippines hundreds of thousands of years before modern humans arrived—but who? Stone tools found in the Philippines predate the arrival of modern humans
Weird & Wild Instead of branching into new species, raven groups experienced something called "speciation reversal." A new study shows that the common raven is anything but commonplace in its evolution.
Three new studies uncover details about the sex lives of human ancestors, and the DNA modern humans inherited Two new genetic analyses help explain the unexpected roles Neanderthals play in modern human
In July, scientists reported that a strange protein courses through the veins of pregnant women. No one is sure what it’s there for. What makes this protein, called Hemo, so unusual is that it’s not made
Epigenetics may be how Darwin’s finches rapidly change their beak size and shape in response to sudden environmental changes, such as drought or human disturbance, in the absence of gene mutations Seeing
Even more evidence that we’re continuing to change. The nice thing about bacteria is that they multiply really fast. This is inconvenient if they happen to infect, but useful if you want to see how evolution
At the heart of Richard O. Prum's new book The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World — and Us is a bold idea: "... that animals are not merely subject
By New Scientist It’s a sex-laced mystery. If modern humans didn’t reach Europe until about 60,000 years ago, how has DNA from them turned up in a Neanderthal fossil in Germany from 124,000 years ago?
With fossils and DNA, scientists are piecing together a picture of humanity’s beginnings, an origin story with more twists than anything you would find at the movie theater. The expert consensus now is
The latest discovery adds another clue to the mystery of human and Neanderthal evolution An early wave of modern human ancestors interbred with Neanderthals between 470,000 and 220,000 years ago, a new
Fish-eating reptile Dinocephalosaurus, which lived about 245m years ago, gave birth to live babies rather than laying eggs An extraordinary fossil unearthed in southwestern China shows a pregnant long-necked
When the ancestors of Darwin’s finches arrived on the Galápagos two million years ago, they gained access to a world of new morsels, untapped by other animals. In a relatively short period, 14 species
The regular use of Caesarean sections is having an impact on human evolution, say scientists. More mothers now need surgery to deliver a baby due to their narrow pelvis size, according to a study. Researchers
The Ebola epidemic that tore through West Africa in 2014 claimed 11,310 lives, far more than any previous outbreak. A combination of factors contributed to its savagery, among them a mobile population,
Undoing hundreds of years of work by hungry monks The dense protective layer of scales covering the body of the common carp makes the fish a pain to eat. But centuries ago, clever European monks managed
We are running out of ways to treat gonorrhea, the World Health Organization announced today. The U.N. health agency released new guidelines warning doctors that it no longer recommends an entire class